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National Health Interview Survey, 1989: Health Insurance Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; health; health care; health care services; health insurance; Health Maintenance Organizations; health policy; health problems; illness; insurance coverage; Medicaid; Medicare
  • Abstract

    The basic purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. The 1989 Health Insurance Supplement provides 93 variables from the core Person File (see NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1989 [ICPSR 9583]) including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. It also contains summary variables from the Health Conditions, Doctor Visits, and Hospital Episode files of the 1989 NHIS. The 53 variables unique to this supplement include the type of health insurance program the respondent was covered by (including public assistance programs), extent of coverage, reasons for not carrying health insurance, and effects of job loss on coverage.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1989
  • Collection date: 1989
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian noninstitutionalized adult population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
One person 18 years or older was randomly sampled from each household in the 1989 National Health Interview Survey sample. The NHIS sample itself was a multistage probability sample from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs). Starting with an all-area frame, a reduced number of 201 PSUs were selected, including two from each nonself-representing stratum. Black persons were oversampled. Four independent representative samples which may be used in any combination were drawn.
Collection Mode
  • Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. The age distribution of the sample was 18-54 years (N = 92,453), 55-64 years (N = 10,231), 65-74 years (N = 8,618), and 75+ years (N = 5,627). The racial background was White (N = 92,987), Black (N = 17,216), Asian/Pacific Islander (N = 2,731), Native American (N = 930), other or unknown (N = 2,928), and multiple races (N = 137).

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9703 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09703.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1992): National Health Interview Survey, 1989: Health Insurance Supplement. Archival Version. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.